The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra went on strike. I was called in to fill in for a special arrangement of Mozart’s The Magic Flute (the Julie Taymor production), in which the orchestra was reduced to one on-stage violist (yours truly), and one on-stage violinist, played by some 10-year old girl who was chaperoned on stage by her dad, and placed on the opposite side of the stage from me. James Levine conducted to a packed house.
At some point, police dressed in Cuban army uniforms came in to arrest both musicians and Levine — but the music continued, and our disappearance went seemingly unnoticed..
I woke up 10 minutes before our alarm clock.